What Should an Adult Figure Skater Do to Recover Their Motivation and Passion?

In a previous article, I discussed what to do when you stop making improvement or just have one of those days when nothing seems to be working. So what should an adult figure skater do on a day like this? Remind yourself that bad days happen to everyone, young and old, regardless of level of skill.

Some days, it’s hard to get going for no real good reason other than I am feeling lazy, and sitting in the sun or on the sofa would be preferable. The hardest part is driving into the parking lot and asking yourself “what on earth are you doing here?” or “How are you going to survive the next two hours?” or “you’re cold, you have dishes to wash…” or “The car is so nice and warm; there’s a huge shopping mall half a mile away….”. Would milady like some cheese to go with that whine?

The first five minutes on the ice is the worst; I’m cold and uncoordinated. Somewhere in there, I transition away from stiff, cranky old lady to totally happy and comfortable old lady. The first five minutes seems to last two hours and the next 115 pass in five minutes!

So what should an adult figure skater do when this happens? Remind yourself it’s only five minutes!!

The same thing happens at competitions: “What are you doing here? It’s a Saturday! What if you crash and burn? You’re up against the kids (well, usually they are 16-18 years old); they will make fun of you.”

Remind yourself that as soon as you walk into the arena, the adrenaline will hit and brain and body will remember that they’ve got a job to do. Your family is off doing their Saturday activities and are looking after themselves quite nicely; don’t worry (my older child even sends me encouraging text messages now).

As for the “kids”, once they get past the initial shock of realizing that I’m not some skater’s Mom or coach, they are intrigued and enthusiastic. I’ve had some nice conversations with competitors in their early twenties who feel they are at the end of their competitive career through a combination of injuries, reduced training time, due to school or work, or having ceased to improve their skating skills.

Few of them ever realized that adult figure skating is growing and there will be many chances for them to continue in the sport for as long as they want to and that they can continue setting and achieving personal goals. Often, their coaches don’t even realize how many opportunities are out there in adult figure skating. This is essentially the reason for my website.

So what should an adult figure skater do in this situation? Get the message out! There is no need to give up on your passion just because you are past a certain age!!

Everything happens for a reason, the good days and the discouraging ones. Overall, the training is going well and the next competition is several weeks from now, so no need to panic (yet!). I have time; strictly speaking, I don’t have to “peak” until the Adult World Championships in May. Although at my age, I’d settle for an “upward trend.”

How do you get motivated on the blah days? What kinds of self talk do you use to get past the times of discouragement?

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How Math Video Games Can Boost Motivation to Learn

In the above said study the researchers had offered students a math video game to try their hands on. When the children played the video game collaboratively or competitively with a fellow player they automatically adopted a mindset of mastery which is highly conducive to learning, as opposed to when they were playing the game alone. It was also noticed that keenness and enjoyment of students when they played children’s educational video games increased when they played with another student.

The finding of this study has been published in the Journal of Educational Psychology and elaborates how gaming consoles, computers and mobile-based education can yield increased learning benefits.

One of the lead authors of the study, Professor Jan Plass stated that they have found ample support for well-designed math video games that they can act as effective tools for teaching students subjects that are usually less popular amongst kids. All forms of game-based learning piques the students’ interest about that subject with broadening their interests beyond the aim of just collecting points or stars.

By putting interactive educational tools to use in classrooms such as a free educational game for children which can help to improve the plaguing problems inside a typical classroom environment, which puts students in a mindset for appearing smart rather than being interested in learning.

Two main types of motivational orientations were primarily identified among students when they were engrossed in playing educational video games – the mastery motivation of achieving a goal, where kids focus on learning and developing new skills and the second being, performance-based goal orientation in which the children focus on validating their skills. So, if we consider this scenario in a classroom then students may either be interested to get better at the game (better at math) while playing or may be interested in trying to prove that they are smart or trying to avoid looking incompetent from their peers, thus enhancing performance based motivation.

While the design and content of the video games are important factors that strongly impact on the beneficial outcomes from the game but the positive result from these studies definitely showcase that gamification of education can have a significant positive impact in learning.

Some forward looking thinkers even contend that education through games hold the key to the salvation of the concept of learning- from instruction to true education. But these are predictions only and it is time that will decide what we make out of this promising new medium.

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Entrepreneurship Motivation

Wherever you go and whatever you do, nobody can deny that motivation always has a direct impact on a person’s overall productivity. Similarly like any other human being, entrepreneurs can succumb to the evil of procrastination and laziness even if they are so passionate in what they are doing. That is why it is highly important that entrepreneurship motivation is present within a business to keep the entrepreneurs motivated. This article provides information on how networking can be a great source of motivation as an entrepreneur.

One major reason why entrepreneurs should network amongst each other is because there is a need for business comparisons in terms of performance. You can never know how you are faring if you do not check on your competition every once in a while. That is why it is highly recommended that you start looking at how your competitors perform and compare their results with yours. You can start by making research studies such as public exposure, how well your target market knows your brand, what they have to say about your business and which brand they prefer when it comes to their needs.

Networking as an entrepreneur is a great way to keep up with each other through brainstorming and idea-sharing. These days, it is hard to find an entrepreneur that has the same mindset such as you and no entrepreneur would want to receive motivating words from someone who does not know what they do. If you start networking today, you are able to keep your entrepreneurial mind polished and at the same time, share ideas and thoughts with your fellow entrepreneurs. Networking is a good choice if you want to achieve your goals in the long run because of the entrepreneurship motivation it provides.

You can start networking with fellow entrepreneurs in many ways. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are great means to connect with entrepreneurs that share the same mindset as you do. Aside from being able to use these tools to connect with newly met entrepreneurs, there is also much functionality to keep your relationships going strong. Keep in mind though that you are trying to build relationships with these people. Hold off the sales pitches you have in mind for your products and services for now.

Emails and phone calls are a more personal level of approaching these people. That is because these mediums of communication are often used to discuss agendas with business people or setting appointments with them. Nonetheless, these are great choices in gaining a more personal relationship with entrepreneurs of the same mindset as you.

You can also start joining local events, conferences and seminars in order to meet entrepreneurs face-to-face. When it comes to networking with other entrepreneurs, meeting them in person is the best way that you can get. You can also start talking about future appointments if they like you in person. Start your entrepreneurship motivation goal now by networking with entrepreneurs that shame the same interests as you.

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Self-Motivation – Surprises Are Part of Our Lives

INTRODUCTION:

Self-Motivation is a very important activity in our day to day life as we don’t know what surprise will come and at what time.

We have to motivate ourselves to ensure that the surprise is being handled appropriately and WE SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP. Even though the surprises are common to everyone lives and every one motivate them to handle their surprises and take it forward.

We have to motivate ourselves to ensure that the surprise is being handled efficiently and functionally. We attempt through our article, to share ancient ideas and techniques to walk you through this journey of life surprises.

Hence, we have to understand that some of the important surprises & techniques to self-motivate in handling the surprises.

GENERAL SURPRISES:

1) Financial Surprises: Generally, the companies or individuals will have a budget, unfortunately, the days may not go with the same budget planning. There may be a surprise in increase or decrease of the budget. This in turn, disturbs the financials. For projects in a company, the financial surprises can be corrected through appropriate contracts & claims management and for individuals it can be corrected through self-motivation techniques.

2) Health Surprises: Health issues may come up at any time which we cannot anticipate. We always should maintain discipline in our food habits, do daily exercises and drink appropriate water, which may avoid the health surprises.

SELF-MOTIVATION TECHNIQUES:

Any surprise or any issue can be corrected through self-motivation techniques as mentioned below:

1) Firstly, we should analyze in depth about the surprise or the issue. We have to make a note point on WHAT, HOW & WHY. By answering these simple three words we can understand the reason for the surprise or the issue.

a. WHAT: What happened?

b. HOW: How it happened? How it went wrong.

c. WHY: Why this happened? What are the corrections?

2) Secondly, doing meditation and thinking on the solution for the surprise or the issue. In this way, we can get the solution and go forward.

3) Once we answer the What, How & Why, and for corrections, we should do meditation by taking a deep breath and concentrating on the breath and thinking on the corrections.

4) We have to continue the meditation till we find out the solution. Depending on the surprise, sometimes, we will find the solution in 2 – 3 times and sometimes it may take days.

5) We should NEVER GIVE UP and we should continue the meditation till we get the solution and certainly we will get the solution through meditation for any issue/surprise/problem.

6) After having a solution, we have to make a clear roadmap for solving the surprise or issue with a contingency plan.

7) Finally, we should always follow another 3-word principle, Plan, Check and Act, this 3-word principle can ensure to resolve the surprise or issue.

CONCLUSION:

1) Generally, we face several problems in our day to day activities and we get panic or scared on an occurrence of such problems.

2) If we follow the techniques as mentioned above without getting panic or getting scared, we can easily resolve such problems by finding solutions and we can go forward in our lives and achieve success.

3) This article is to support the reader in addressing their problems/issues/surprises in an appropriate manner without getting panic or getting scared.

4) We request you to share this article after going through as this may help your friends to overcome their problems/issues/surprises.

5) All views or opinions or statements given in this Article are personal, which are in our knowledge/ information and do not signify any professional advice.

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Motivation For Achievement

What makes the difference between those people who are very inspired to achieve something and those who are not so determined? Those who do almost everything to excel and succeed by putting in a lot of effort and those who don’t work as hard and for whom it is not that important?

The difference lies in the motivation for achievement.

What is Motivation for Achievement?

It can be defined as

o Having a strong desire to accomplish something

o Striving for a standard of excellence

o Expending effort in order to excel

o Having an appetite to accomplish a difficult result

o Being driven to outperform others

According to research by David McClelland it has been found that people with a high motivation for achievement work harder, are more future oriented, more innovative, more persistent and they desire success much more than they fear failure. An interesting point is also that they attribute success to internal factors (like optimists do) as opposed to external factors (as do pessimists). In terms of choosing their challenge they have the ability to distinguish a suitable task as being challenging but not impossible. This means that they choose their task wisely and therefore experience the satisfaction of reaching their goals. People with a low motivation for achievement interestingly either choose tasks that are too challenging, in which they are more prone to fail, or tasks that are too easy, in which there is not enough stimulation.

Can you train Motivation for Achievement?

Experiments have shown that humans indeed can learn to become more achievement motivated. You can even learn and teach it to yourself.

As with any behavioral change it is a process over time. Firstly, practice choosing tasks or set goals that are at a suitable level: challenging and yet achievable. Secondly you put more focus on and celebrate your successes rather than being focused on and frustrated about your failures. Thirdly you need to practice being persistent.

Which one of the three steps mentioned here do you want to focus on and in which way is it achievable and still challenging for you?

Like the Japanese proverb says: ‘Fall down seven times, get up eight.’

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Motivation Tips

Motivation tips play a very important role in helping people boost their level of motivation. They are tested methods that have proved relatively useful over a period of time. These tips have been designed on a step-by-step basis to gradually increase a person’s level of motivation. Various schools of thought have promoted different motivation tips based of a number of theories. These tips have greatly helped people achieve their goals and objectives.

People looking to motivate themselves or their team members should decide on their goals and get them down in writing. In order to get properly motivated people should know what their goals are. After getting their goals set, people should plan short-, medium-, and long-term goals. The goals chosen need to be practical and attainable. The goals set should not be so high that they prove to be out of reach. Goals should be written down and should be placed in a spot where they are clearly visible.

People should not let themselves or their team members’ feelings get in the way of achieving their motivation. It is generally seen that when people mix up their feeling with their goals their motivation levels tend to drop. It is also seen that procrastination kills motivation. However, procrastination can be overcome with a clear and structured schedule. Whether people are working on their own or in a team, they should not let themselves be overwhelmed by the number of things they have to do. They should manage and complete each task before moving on to the next one.

Rewards and incentives play an extremely important role in motivating people. A reward or a pat on the back for a job well done helps in boosting an individual’s or team’s level of motivation. Similarly, a person or team trying to achieve an aim or objective should enjoy the task or job to be completed. Lack of enjoyment or fun may make the achievement of the objective a long and arduous task.

Motivation tips and strategies can also be obtained online through a number of websites providing information on the same.

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Trouble With Motivation?

One way I have found to keep my teams motivated is to take a step back from practice and let the athletes play a game. No matter what the age is, from tinies all the way up to senior age, they all love to play games once in a while at practice. The key is to let them play games that are age appropriate. I have found that the youngest age teams like to play games as simple as “Duck, Duck, Goose”, as for the older athletes, this is not the case. One of the most popular games that my teams have played is a game we call “Classes”. This game is where you split the team up into two different teams. You then explain the rules (you can really make up whatever you would like). As a coach, we would just give them a task to do and whoever completed it first would get a point. All of the athletes found this to be tons of fun and quite possibly their favorite game to play at practice, even though it is a simple concept. These are just a few ideas of games, nevertheless you can have your team play any game you or they want.

Another way I have found to keep a team motivated is to set goals that are to be met by a specific date. Something as simple as that will keep a team positive and allow them to have it set in their minds that they need to keep on working. At the gym I work at, we have the athletes all get in a circle and hold a piece of ribbon that connects them all as one. We then go down the line letting each athlete state their personal goal and their team goal. Once we get through everyone on the team each athlete cuts off a small piece of the ribbon and ties it to his or her shoe. That way they have a constant reminder of their goal and promise to the team.

Another great way to keep a team motivated is to get them out of the gym as a team. You can do something as simple as have a party at someone’s house. Many times my team would have pasta parties or pizza parties at someone’s house. We would each chip in for the costs and then bring in a dessert, drinks, snacks, appetizers, etc. This is always a fun way to get the team together outside of practice. It is very inexpensive and creates great memories. It also brings the team closer together because they are hanging out and having fun outside of practice.

An additional fun way to get the team out of the gym and motivated is to go to a team building activity together. Team building activities can be almost anything; a great one is obstacle courses. As a team, we went to an outdoor facility together (called Iron Oaks). There we did fun activities that kept us all thinking. Alongside of it keeping us thinking, it assured that we all worked together to accomplish a goal. The way that this keeps a team motivated is because it is keeping a team working together to accomplish a goal, just as a team needs to keep working together to push through competitions.

Another key tool to keep a team motivated is simple, communication. Keep communicating with your athletes. Talk to them about things that are going on in their lives, if they are having troubles outside of the sport, then chances are they will take the problems with them into the gym. This causes for distractions, and everyone in cheerleading knows it is really hard to push through practice when you have other things on your mind.

Be sure to give your team the right tools to stay motivated. Make sure they have the right equipment to succeed, whether it is the right type of shoe or clothing to the right type of mats or trampolines. This will help them train hard and correctly. Athletes will not be able to advance their skills if they do not have the correct tools to keep working and advancing.

The most important way to keep a team motivated is to lead by example. Be a good example to your team, whether you are a coach, athlete, parent, or a gym owner. Setting a good example will cause the team to look up to you and want to work just as hard as you are. If you are a hard worker and positive about things, then your team will look toward you for guidance and want to learn from you.

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Weight Loss – Finding Your Trigger To Boost Your Motivation to Lose Weight

If you are like many people, you may find you struggle to maintain optimal motivation levels from time to time. You go about your program and sometimes, you are sufficiently motivated and ready to work as hard as possible. Other times, the opposite occurs. You cannot get yourself to do what you know you need to. What gives? When this takes place, it is essential to identify your triggers.

Let us look further at this concept so you can find out how to use it and have sky-high motivation at all times.

What Are Triggers? Triggers are essentially anything that is going to make you strive to work as hard as possible to see a result.

For instance, it is the reason why you are looking to lose weight. Why you are hitting the gym each day. Why you are saying no to pizza when it is offered.

Your triggers dictate your ability to stick with your program and generally speaking, the stronger the trigger, the easier time you will have to maintain your motivation to continue.

Finding these strong triggers is essential for your success.

Finding Your Triggers. How do you go about finding your triggers? First, you must dig deep…

  1. Now, at the surface level, you may think the primary reason you want to lose weight is to look better. Moreover, that is great, but it is at a surface level. Go further.
  2. Why do you want to look better? What will looking better get you? Whom do you want to look better for? What happens if you don’t look better?

Try answering these questions along with any others you may come up with that will help you better understand your triggers.

You may find you want to look better to regain the self-confidence you lost as a teen when you started putting on the weight and by doing so, you may feel like you will approach life and your job differently, and if you do, it may mean career advancement.

Now you have a definite trigger. When you think of that piece of cake, think of this instead. If you want to be successful and reach your goal, your trigger will help you to say no to the slice of cake.

Using This Wisely. How can you use this wisely? What you need to know here is this exercise is not designed to make you feel bad about yourself. Instead, it is intended to help uncover the reason why you are working so hard towards your goal.

If you have not taken the time to uncover your trigger or triggers, that is your first mistake and what will cost you down the line. Your motivation will fail, and you will be back to square one.

Take some time and find your trigger. It is one of the best steps you can take to help achieve maximum success.

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Engagement Versus Motivation

Some experts advocate employee engagement, others are strong believers in motivational strategies. But one does not necessarily exclude the other. There can be circumstances where even an engaged employee can use some extra motivation. Having an overall engaged team should be the main goal of every leader. Engaged employees are a true asset for every organization, especially in difficult times. There is, however, quite some confusion about the difference between engagement and motivation.

Engagement

Engagement comes from ‘within’. It is having belief in the ’cause’. Engaged people do what they do because they believe it is the right thing to do and not necessarily because there is a reward waiting at the end. A prime example of engagement is volunteer work. There is no payment involved, it takes up a lot of time and it is very often ungrateful work. Yet most volunteers do it with passion and perseverance. Why? Because they believe in what they do. Engagement has everything to do with commitment.

Motivation

Here is where the confusion starts. When we talk about motivation, we distinguish two different kinds: intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Intrinsic motivation is in fact exactly the same as engagement. It comes from ‘within’ and it has to do with the joy or fulfillment a certain job or task gives the person, rather than the reward it will bring.

Extrinsic motivation is triggered by external factors. As soon as those factors don’t exist anymore, the motivation will be gone as well.

The opponents against motivation strategies are against extrinsic motivational measures like incentives and reward programs and they are absolutely right. Reward programs are counter productive; they usually have a negative return-on-investment in terms of money, employee satisfaction and retention.

What is there against Reward Programs?

Let me share my own experience with you. I started my career as a sales rep for a company that sold copiers, faxes and printers. As often the case, we got paid a commission on top of our – quite low – base salary. On top of that, the company had a few ‘reward programs’ running. A program for the most sold units in a given period, a program for the most ‘new business’ and a few more like these.

The worst one was the ‘Sales Person of the Month Award’. The one with the most sales in a particular month could hand in the keys to his company car and was allowed to drive the company’s Porsche Carrera the following month AND he got his own parking spot in front of the building.

What do these reward programs bring? Nothing, really. Guess who always won these rewards? Correct, the people who were always in the top already. Guess who didn’t even try to get one of these rewards? Correct again, the ones at the bottom. They knew up front that they would not stand a chance against the top performers. And guess who tried a few times but never got the ‘prize’ and became de-motivated? Right, the people in the middle.

So was it motivating? For sure it was, for the group who didn’t need to be motivated; the top performers. They might have sold a bit more but once you are at the top, the room for improvement becomes smaller and smaller. It didn’t do a thing for the bottom performers. They were ‘untouched’ by these programs. It did do a lot for the group in the middle though. That is the group where every sales manager can ‘score’. They have potential and a lot of room for improvement. And what did it do? Exactly the opposite of what the program was invented for. They knew that they contributed to the company and they saw that they would never get ‘rewarded’ for their contribution. How motivating is that?

I hear some people say already:”Then they should make it to the top! Then they will get the rewards as well!” I can score 110% of my target but if other people score 115%, does that make me ‘average’? No, it doesn’t. No matter how great your group of sales people is, there will always be a number one and a number last. And reward programs will always reward the numbers one, the people who need it the least.

Extrinsic motivators: short-term strategy

Incentives and reward programs ‘motivate’ only for as long as the program lasts or even shorter if the employee feels that he won’t ‘win’.

Suppose you have installed a reward for producing a certain number of your product and suppose that everybody is really trying hard. What happens after the deadline? Exactly. People will fall back to their normal production. To get the same results, you’ll have to install another reward program and so on.

Engagement: long-term strategy

Let’s look at that last example again. Suppose one of your suppliers has delivery problems and therefore your production comes to a halt for a certain period of time and nobody will meet the target for the reward. People that were motivated will not pick up the pace right after the supplier started delivering again, because there is no reward to work for anymore.

There is a group of people who will pick up the pace, despite of the fact that there will be no reward. They have an attitude of ‘let’s see what we can do to make up for the lost time’. They are in the ‘game’ for the ‘game’ and not for the ‘prize’. They are engaged.

Engaged employees have endurance. They will continue to bring the task to a good end, despite external challenges and circumstances. They support the goals, mission and values of the company and being part of the organization makes them feel proud. In general, the quality of their work is better. They want to be able to be proud of what they have done while motivated people are like horse with blinders, trying to get to the finish as fast as possible, no matter how.

Engagement goes deep. That also means that the management of an organization has to create an environment where engagement can thrive and flourish. In my next post I will share my thoughts on what you can and have to do to create an engaged team around you.

Let me conclude with a story I heard that describes engagement the best:

Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy came up with a very bold statement in September 1962: “We are going to the moon.” Not too long thereafter he paid NASA a visit. While he was there. he asked an employee:”What is your job?”. The man answered:”My job is to put a man on the moon.” He turned out to be the janitor.

That is ‘engagement’. No matter what you do, your work is as important as anybody’s as contribution to the mutual goal.

I wish you a lot of engagement.

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Motivation by Listening

Listening skills are a very powerful motivation factor.

Hardly any people are actually good at listening, being more interested in what they are going to say next. When you think about how many people you have met who can remember your name or what you said, you’ll find it is very few indeed. That generally seems to be the norm so when you do meet people who you think are good listeners, your feelings towards these particular people are usually more positive.

By that I mean you likely would place more trust and confidence in them. So because most of us find it very hard to listen, we are surprised by somebody who does listen and we tend to endow them with greater capabilities than they may possess.

This is the secret of motivation by listening. If we can learn to listen well, the people we listen to will be motivated and inspired by our attention.

Most salespeople consider themselves to be good talkers instead of listeners. You hear people saying: “He is a born salesman, he’s got the gift of the gab”. Many people believe that the speaker holds the power and that the listener is meek or docile. Actually you will find that the good listener has much more power in any conversation. The listener is able to gather more information than the talker and armed with information can then produce the desired result.

When two people are conversing, the one who really dominates the conversation is the person who is asking questions and listening carefully to the answers. When we want to motivate somebody to give their best effort, or to follow our direction, we will do so more effectively by listening to their responses to the situation.

Therefore the real job of the salesman is to listen carefully to his customers and understand their needs and concerns. Although they might ask you a few questions first, most successful salespeople will agree with this.

So what steps should you follow to create motivation by listening?

1. Repeat or rephrase so you can clarify the information given

2. Give useful information in return.

3. Listen for the emotions. Selling especially is often based on emotional factors more that objective facts.

4. Look people in the eye and make some reassuring gestures or tones to encourage the speaker.

5. Be careful not to distract the speaker – give them your full attention while they are talking.

6. Show that the discussion is important to you too.

Listening is an essential skill for making and keeping relationships. When you are acknowledged as a good listener people confide in you and trust you; as a manager of people or as a salesperson this is your route to success.

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